This is my first post so please go easy on me!
My primary goal is to get strong but also big for rugby - so ideally functional, explosive muscle. I’ve been doing a basic linear 5x5 workout for about a year now (probably too long I know) and I’ve hit a plateau so I’m looking to change it up.
Texas Method or Bill Starr’s 5x5 look like the kind of thing I should progress on to and I like the look of them but I’m having difficulty choosing which would be best for me. Texas Method incorporates cleans (important for rugby) as well as deadlift and also alternates between bench press and overhead pressing. However, I like the idea of ramping because I’ve been lifting 5x5 of the same weight for so long!
What I’d like to do is sort of mix the two so that they suit my needs - basically a Texas Method but with ramped sets. I’m hesitant though because there are loads and loads of people who I know will scream at me “DON’T MESS WITH THE WORKOUT” but surely these workouts aren’t perfect formulas - these guys came up with them on their own. So is there room for me to play with it to suit what I want?
Thanks for your time and advice